Staff and Wire Reports

SOMETIMES it takes a signature win like Adams State’s 45-31 victory over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado Mesa on Saturday night to get a football program going. 

Time will tell if Adams State’s win over Mesa State does that for the Grizzlies football program, but at least for one Saturday in the fall Adams State football got the best of an old foe.

“I’m just happy for the guys, they’ve been working hard and today it paid off,” said Adams State Head Coach Jarrell Harrison. 

The two teams played to a 17-17 tie after the first half. But the Grizzlies scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 75-yard scoring pass from Marckell Grayson to Elijah Harper.

Grayson was 20-for-33 for 303 yards and three touchdowns. One went to Kentrell Petite. He finished with eight receptions and 103 yards. Harper caught four passes for 79 yards. Dequan Hopkins caught Grayson’s other scoring pass, one of Hopkins’ three receptions for 41 yards.

Adams State is on the road against South Dakota School of Mines on Saturday. The Grizzlies are 2-4 in the RMAC and 2-6 overall, while South Dakota is 4-2 in RMAC play and 5-3 overall.

“It’s about the three Ps, our prep, practice, and our play,” Harrison said. The Grizzlies will try to repeat that formula in South Dakota.

PC: Josh Kutcher; ASU Sports Information